Renovating a small kitchen: tips and tricks

 

When my clients want to renovate their kitchen, one of their main concerns is inevitably maximizing storage. When space is tight, believe me, it's a challenge!

Photo Credit Maxime Brouillet
 
Photo Credit Maxime Brouillet
When my clients want to renovate their kitchen, one of their main concerns is inevitably maximizing storage. When space is tight, believe me, it's a challenge!
 
Recently, someone used my services to renovate a very small kitchen, which definitely needed some love. But what first struck me was the kitchen's real lack of storage space and the disproportionate amount of space occupied by the refrigerator. My client wanted a living space that fit him more. The kitchen was home to a washing machine but not a dishwasher... and, of course, my client wanted to add one. So, what would I need to do to maximize the storage space and functionality of a kitchen in such a small space, which would also contain every popular appliance?
 
After doing some research with a retailer I usually work with, I found many appliances much narrower than the standard North American models. In fact, some brands offer models that meet needs of Europe, where living spaces are often much smaller than ours. I thought that since we stayed away from standard sizes, these models would be much more expensive. To my surprise, the price difference was not significant! My favourite discovery: the refrigerator, narrower but higher than our standard models, so we wouldn't have to compromise on interior storage space.

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Photo Credit: Maxime Brouillet

Another element to consider when renovating a small kitchen is colour (you should choose light colours because they let living spaces breath and make them seem larger at first glance. I opted for white, but I still wanted to add some punch to the room to brighten it up. So I used stylish ceramic tiles to add an elegant touch to the backsplash. The hexagon design created an almost three-dimensional effect. To define the island area, we added black and wood to the counter. We wanted to call attention to the island in the kitchen to give this living space a warmer atmosphere.
 
We finally managed to install all the appliances my client wanted, maximizing storage space in the process! In the end, a successful story of change and challenge!

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Photo Credit: Maxime Brouillet
 
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University of Montreal graduate in interior design (2004), Jessica Rivière Gomez is passionate of both interior design and architecture.

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